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Oaktoberfest in the Dimond 

When: Sat., Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 2012
Price: free

You wouldn't know it anymore, but up until about a hundred years ago, the Dimond District (centered around MacArthur Blvd. and Fruitvale Ave.) was Oakland's own de-facto Little Germany, with beer gardens and other German-owned and -themed businesses dotting what's now known as MacArthur. Prohibition pretty much killed all that, but for the past four years, a group of local residents have worked to bring it back (temporarily, at least) in the form of Oaktoberfest, which organizers describe as an Oakland twist on the classic German beer festival. That means traditional German music and Bavarian dance will share performance space with local acoustic and electro acts; the beer will be provided by local microbrews including Ale Industries, TrumerPils, and Linden Street Brewery; and the traditional bratwursts and strudels will be offered alongside less traditional dishes by some of Oakland's most beloved street food vendors. There will also be a homebrew competition and plenty of kids' activities. But best of all, the whole thing's a fundraiser for various community efforts in the neighborhood. Free admission, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oaktoberfest.org

— Ellen Cushing

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